One of the things often forgotten about as part of the cleaning routine is the refrigerator. When cleaning the kitchen it’s often the case that the fridge door or even handles will be given a wipe over, but what about the fridge’s inner surfaces?

The inside of your refrigerator should be one of the cleanest, if not the cleanest, place in your home, after all it’s where you store all your fresh food. But many people don’t clean out their fridge from one month to the next, and in doing so risk all sorts of stomach-upsetting bacteria which thrive in unclean places.

So when you are cleaning your home you should also clean out the fridge. And the best way to do this is to remove all the items from the fridge and turn off the fridge before you start. You don’t want to damage the inner fridge surfaces by using harsh chemicals so most fridge manufacturers will suggest cleaning the interior with a sponge which has been soaked in lukewarm water and bicarbonate of soda or a neutral soap. It’s imperative you don’t use products containing bleach or ammonia. All the removable accessories from the fridge can be washed in the sink using warm water and dishwashing liquid. If the rear of the fridge has accumulated a lot of dust this can be carefully be vacuumed away using a soft hose attachment.